France had long raised concerns in private about the pipeline, not wanting to be seen as supporting the US stance, and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed it at least four times with Merkel, said another source familiar with the issue. "Work is continuing with our partners, in particular with Germany, on possible changes to the text", French foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said in a briefing.
Construction of Nord Stream 2 has already started and involves companies such as Germany's Wintershall and Uniper, Dutch-British Shell, France's Engie and Austria's OMV.
The Kremlin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian Federation meant to keep working on the project and that the pipeline was the most secure way to deliver gas to Europe. "Meaning, for gas we do not want to be at all dependent on Russian Federation alone", she said.
Floating excavators prepare an underwater trench for the North Stream 2 pipeline close to Lubmin, Germany, May 15, 2018.
Poland has warned that Russian Federation could use Nord Stream 2 to harm Europe's energy security, and US President Donald Trump even accused Germany of being a "captive" of Russian Federation because of it. The move could have derailed the undersea pipeline plans between Russian Federation and Germany.
"Washington has put enormous pressure on European Union capitals in recent days to prevent Nord Stream 2", the diplomat said on condition of anonymity.
The agency quotes German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, that writes the French government allegedly wants to backtrack on its support to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, because the project is a "strategic problem" in tense relations with Moscow. This could have consequences for Nord Stream 2.
In a guest commentary written for DW, the United States ambassadors to Germany, Denmark and the European Union warned that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline would drastically increase Russia's energy leverage over the EU.
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The draft compromise sought to tackle concerns over Ukraine saying: "We consider a (gas rules) directive in this spirit indispensable for a fruitful discussion on the future gas transit through Ukraine".
The ambassadors were due to wrap up the talks on the gas rules later Friday afternoon, they added.
Although Chancellor Merkel has always been a proponent of the pipeline, not everyone in Germany shares her enthusiasm.
It will go through the exclusive economic zones and territorial waters of five countries - Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany, thus bypassing transit countries of Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and other Eastern European and Baltic states.
"But it would not be one-sided dependency".
Former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is chairman of Nord Stream's shareholders committee.
Bütikofer later released a tweet with the words, "If you can't bang your head through a wall, at some point you should stop charging into it".